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We want to take this opportunity to thank Timur, Clara, Anton, Erika, Mirriam, Rachel, Serge, Loyce, Maurine, Resty, and Marie Solange – the GFAN Speakers – who have shared their expertise, time, and resources and who supported efforts across the globe to advocate for a fully funded and effective Global Fund. 

We hope that everyone will join us in thanking the Speakers for their energy and willingness to support GFAN members in their advocacy, for taking leadership in their communities and regions and for sharing their personal stories and experiences over and over with new and different audiences.  Without their efforts and expertise, we do not believe that the last Global Fund replenishment would have been such a success.

As of July 1 2020 the memorandums of understanding came to end for our current Speakers and we will be starting the process of reconstituting the Speakers Bureau later this mo...

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Erika Castellanos, one of our GFAN Speakers , took some time out of her busy schedule to share with us a bit more about her work with the Global Fund, the trans community, her family and the impact of COVID-19. Thank you Erika for sharing your work and story with us.

Over the past year, I have been involved in and working on a number of activities, at different levels and in various formats, related to the Global Fund and beyond the Global Fund in HIV and TB. A part of my work consists of being involved with different decision- and grant-making bodies, where I can bring the unique lens of trans communities and ensure that we are present in conversations. However, there are still too few of us involved in these spaces.

Every time I sit around the table at Global Fund Board meetings, it is both a privilege and an enormous responsibility. I can feel the weigh...

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This month we took some time to get to know GFAN Speaker Mirriam Banda Chisamba, a midwife from Zambia. We asked her to write down a few words about her work and the importance of the Global Fund. Thank you Mirriam for sharing your story with us.

What work or projects have you been doing in the past years that support the work of the Global Fund and fighting HIV/AIDS, TB or Malaria?

Being a midwife in a rural community of about 15000 people who seek services at the health facility everyday is just the beautiful part of it that I am able to help different people with different ailments which include fighting the three epidemics HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria. As a primary health care giver every day I address not only treatment needs buts also prevention and health promotion on the three epidemics.

I provide counselling services as well as screening, testing and provision of treatment (ARVs, Anti Tuberculosis drugs and Anti Malaria). I carry out outr...

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Please find below a number of resources you can use for World TB Day. Included in the resources are a statement from GFAN Speaker Timur Abdullaev, links to Stop TB Resources, links to resources about COVID-19 and TB, and some social media tools.

Please note that given the current Global COVID-19 crisis, the language used below may be changed or adapted if needed.

Statement from GFAN Speaker Timur Abdullaev on World TB Day:

The world today is grappling with the COVID-19 pandemic that is testing the limits of our global health infrastructure.  As the world comes to grip with this pandemic and the resulting ramifications, it is important to not lose sight of the three epidemics and the global fight that impacts the lives of millions of people around the world each and every day – and has for decades and generations. 

Today on World TB Day, lets take a look at the impact of TB, a disease that ...

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A portrait of Serge draped in the Rainbow flag at the Affirmative Action offices in Yaounde, Cameroon

Serge Douomon Yota is one of 11 Speakers that make up the GFAN Speakers Bureau .  Speakers are advocates who are committed to sharing the message to fund the Global Fund.  We believe that people who have seen the impact of the Global Fund in their lives are the most impactful spokespeople for the Global Fund. Each month we will be showcasing a different speaker and their work. 

To see Serge’s bio and photo story visit:  https://www.globalfundadvocatesnetwork.org/campaigns/serge-douomong-yotta/

To better get to know Serge and learn more about the work he does in Cameroon and in his travels, we asked him 5 question...

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In 2020 we will be taking time to learn more about our Speakers.  Each month we plan to feature someone new and learn more about what they do and the impact of their work and advocacy on the Global Fund and the fight to end HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria. 

You can find a full list of our Speakers here: https://www.globalfundadvocatesnetwork.org/campaign/gfan-speakers-bureau/

If you are interested in sharing one of our Speaker’s stories or hosting a Speaker for an event – please have a look at our Speakers Bureau Tool Kit – where you will find all the information you need including details on how to host, tools available and even some ideas for how you might incorporate the Speakers Bureau in your advocacy.

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